Although the Western Mass RLC does not specifically offer job searching and training supports, we do partner with people as possible to look for resources, explore and try out new ideas, and develop related skills. Sometimes these activities occur through more formal groups and workshops, and other times they happen through individual peer-to-peer support and connections made in community.
In some instances, the RLC community has played a role in supporting people who have been succesful in developing their own small businesses, recording original music, and creating and displaying artwork. Many have also moved on to a variety of competitive employment positions based, in part, on skills learned and supports received through the RLC.
The fundamental values underlying all our work in this area includes:
- Increasing access to opportunity
- The importance of valued roles in healing and in life
- The individual as the expert on themselves
- Building bridges to community
Ultimately, we believe that each person's inspiration, creativity, passion, goals and interests can guide them to the roles that will have the most meaning and impact in their lives, and that employment supports needn't be limited to only those options that seem obvious in the moment.
CAREER INITIATIVE GRANT APPLICATIONS (2017-18) ARE NOW AVAILABLE!!
APPLICATIONS FOR NEW APPLICANTS:
APPLICATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE RE-APPLYING FOR THE SAME PROJECT:
Our funds for Career Initiative Grants are very limited.Want to donate to increase our ability to give more/larger grants? Click the link below!